To town with Chamier and to Yacht Club. Shelling and brisk bombing around Fort Canning again.
Allied artillery put up heavy barrage intermittently through the night and the Japanese put some up too. Two shells hit Cathay Building and several near it.
Spent the day at Fort Canning. Went into the “Battlebox”, the ‘nerve centre’ of Malaya Command located in interior of the hill.
Many fires started in Singapore.
Richardson summarised the Order of the day from General Wavell, GOC:
“It would be a disgrace if our large Forces were finally defeated by a much smaller Japanese Force. We must therefore fight to the very last…..”.
No good. The end of this show was fore-ordained even before it started.
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